Effortlessly oozing charisma and charm, Chris Evans can be easily spotted among a galaxy of stars at any red-carpet event or during on-screen appearances. And now, the American actor has officially been added to Hollywood’s constellation of the hottest men — which also give us a reason to rewatch some classic Chris Evans movies and relieve his best roles.
PEOPLE magazine recently crowned the Captain America star as 2022’s Sexiest Man Alive, placing him on their November cover. Here, we couldn’t have agreed more with Ant-Man, who, in Avengers Endgame (2019), called Captain America’s behind “America’s A$$.”
The ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ tag for Evans isn’t a surprise, though. The Hollywood heartthrob has truly become one of the most famous faces in the world of cinema over the past decade, thanks to his portrayal as Captain America, the World War II-era superhero who lives to fight evil in the modern world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. Shortly after receiving his accolade, Evans was also revealed to be dating 25-year-old Portuguese actress Alba Baptista of Warrior Nun fame, and the two have reportedly been together for over a year. The couple hasn’t responded regarding the news, but Evans recently commented on one of Baptista’s Instagram posts — indirectly confirming their relationship (and breaking hearts all over the world.)
However, even outside of his career-defining Marvel role, Evans has under his belt noteworthy performances that not only underline his sexiness but also shows that he is much more than just good looks. Read on for our picks of the best Chris Evans movies and roles to check out now.
The best Chris Evans movies and roles that prove he is indeed the sexiest man alive
Not Another Teen Movie
Directed by: Joel Gallen
Other cast members: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen
Release date: 14 December 2001
Synopsis: At a typical American high school, ‘popular jock’ Jake Wyler (Evans) decides he will transform ‘ugly girl’ Janey Briggs (Leigh) into the prom queen. However, some other stereotypical characters try to stop him.
Evans’ hot factor: The film, one of the earliest of Chris Evans’ best movies, is a parody of all teen movies churned by Hollywood in the 1990s. And Evans looks incredibly hot as Jake.
The Perfect Score
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Directed by: Brian Robbins
Other cast members: Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Bryan Greenberg, Darius Miles, Leonardo Nam
Release date: 30 January 2004
Synopsis: Six high school students led by Kyle (Evans) hatch a daring plan to get the perfect SAT score. The ploy was to steal answers to the examinations by breaking into a regional office of the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Evans’ hot factor: Here is Evans as another student who cares about his friends and takes a massive risk. His dreamy-eyed look opposite Erika Christensen’s character Anna Ross will have you wish to be cast in the film as Evans’ love interest.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Tim Story
Other cast members: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
Release date: 8 July 2005
Synopsis: Five astronauts go into space to study cosmic radiation, but an accident results in them gaining superpowers. One of them, Doctor Victor Von Doom (McMahon), has nefarious purposes.
Evans’ hot factor: The actor shines in his first superhero role and has a way with women. His character, Johnny Storm aka Human Torch, uses his ability to literally set his body on fire and fly, yet be unharmed, to garner attention. Though Fantastic Four isn’t an MCU film and was not appreciated by critics, it did well at the box office.
The Nanny Diaries
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Other cast members: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Nicholas Art
Release date: 24 August 2007
Synopsis: A young college graduate, Annie (Johansson), is hired as a nanny for a wealthy New York family. She now has to deal with a brat and the eccentricities of the family while trying to cope with her feelings for a “Harvard Hottie” (Evans).
Evans’ hot factor: Evans’ character is actually called “Harvard Hottie” throughout the film. If that is not enough, the fact that two of the sexiest people in Hollywood are paired opposite each other makes this film a must-watch for their fans — at least of the sexiest man alive.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Sylvain White
Other cast members: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldaña, Idris Elba
Release date: 23 April 2010
Synopsis: A group of CIA operatives led by Franklin Clay (Morgan) decide to go up against their own organisation after they are betrayed and left for dead. The team comprises Jake Jensen (Evans), William Roque (Elba) and a local named Aisha al-Fadhil (Saldaña).
Evans’ hot factor: Evans plays a hacker — a nerd wearing glasses, a tie, plain shirts and sporting a goatee; despite which, the actor is just as good to look at.
“I don’t really get to play guys who are awkward and uncomfortable at times in certain situations, so it’s fun to play him,” Evans told MTV ahead of the film’s release.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Other cast members: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
Release date: 13 August 2010
Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a young musician in Toronto, wants to win the love of his life — Ramona Flowers (Winstead). However, he has to first get past her seven evil exes, one of whom is Hollywood actor Lucas Lee (Evans).
Evans’ hot factor: Although Evans has a minor role in the film, it is enough for his die-hard fans to drool over his cool-guy looks.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Other cast members: Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci
Release date: 22 July 2011
Synopsis: Steve Rogers aka Captain America must prevent a Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull (Weaving), the head of the terrorist organisation Hydra, from destroying the Allied forces and the world during World War II.
Evans’ hot factor: One of the most iconic scenes in the film is when a skinny Steve Rogers emerges (shirtless!) from the super-soldier experimental chamber with a muscular physique.
Evans has played the Marvel superhero with the iconic shield and high morals in a total of 11 films. This was the first and the one that turned him into a global superstar. No wonder, for many fans, this is the most special among all of Chris Evans’ movies.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
Other cast members: Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, John Hurt, Ed Harris
Release date: 29 July 2013 (South Korea release)
Synopsis: In a dystopian world where the Earth has been thrust into a new Ice Age, an unstoppable train becomes the staging ground of a class revolution led by Curtis Everett (Evans). This film is helmed by South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho, who would go on to direct the critically acclaimed Okja (2017) and Oscar-winning Parasite (2019), and marks his English-language debut.
Evans’ hot factor: Evans carries off the world-weary, rugged look of his character with as much ease as he flaunts his sharp, shaven jawline in some movies. The film was universally hailed by critics and fans alike. To many, the film marks Evans’ best performance outside of his Captain America image.
Before We Go
Genre: Romance, Drama
Directed by: Chris Evans
Other cast members: Alice Eve
Release date: 21 July 2015
Synopsis: Two complete strangers meet by chance in Manhattan where both are stuck. They learn about each other over the course of a single night.
Evans’ hot factor: The actor made his directorial debut with this film. Though it didn’t work with audiences or critics, Evans keeps the charisma high through the scenes with his oh-so-endearing eyes, perfect hair and smart stubble.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Other cast members: Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer
Release date: 12 April 2017
Synopsis: Frank (Evans) is a single man who takes it upon himself to give his maths prodigy niece, Mary (Grace), a normal upbringing. However, his estranged mother, Evelyn (Duncan), wants custody of the gifted child.
Evans’ hot factor: Gifted is where Evans plays an ordinary man. Neither is there any superpower involved nor is his character someone who leads an affluent lifestyle. However, even those simple shirts and T-shirts look incredibly good on him.
Avengers: Infinity War
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Other cast members: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Letitia Wright, Zoe Saldaña, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin
Release date: 27 April 2018
Evans’ hot factor: There is a scene in the film where Steve Rogers aka Captain America looks at Thor and remarks, “New haircut?” Thor, with his characteristic cocky humour, replies, “Noticed you’ve copied my beard.” That beard was certainly one of the style highlights for MCU fans in Infinity War — one of the most expensive films ever made. The scene was also remarkable because Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth, a former holder of the Sexiest Man Alive mantle.
The Red Sea Diving Resort
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Gideon Raff
Other cast members: Michael Kenneth Williams, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Ben Kingsley
Release date: 31 July 2019
Synopsis: The story is inspired by a real-life rescue mission mounted by Israel for Ethiopian Jewish refugees in Sudan in the early 1980s.
Evans’ hot factor: The actor plays Mossad agent Ari Levinson brilliantly. He looked perfect as a spy from the 1980s, with slightly long hair, a thicker beard and age-appropriate wear (or not, you tell us!). His performance, too, was noteworthy, especially in action scenes where he excels, anyway.
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Comedy
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Release date: 27 November 2019
Synopsis: Private detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is hired to investigate the death of Harlan Thrombey (Plummer), a wealthy novelist. However, there are many secrets that his eccentric family is keeping from the detective. A sequel titled Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is currently in the works.
Evans’ hot factor: Yes, Craig, who is one of the world’s highest paid actors, was at the centre of all the attention the film received and the accolades that came its way. However, Evans wore the most stylish sweaters, shades, mufflers and coats, looking absolutely dashing in every frame, while he dished out his on-screen nastiness towards the other characters.
The Gray Man
Genre: Action, Thriller
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Other cast members: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dhanush, Jessica Henwick, Billy Bob Thornton
Release date: 22 July 2022 (Internet)
Synopsis: An extremely skilled CIA operative known only as Six (Gosling) uncovers a dark secret about the agency. In an attempt for a cover-up, the CIA tasks a psychopathic former agent, Lloyd Hansen (Evans), to get Six. Lloyd places a bounty on Six, which lures international assassins. The Gray Man was so successful that Netflix is expanding it into a cinematic universe.
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